Two fatally shot in Prince George's

3rd wounded

January 02, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two men were shot to death and one was wounded early yesterday in gunfire that riddled a pair of luxury automobiles in the parking lot of a Prince George's County strip mall, authorities said.

Prince George's County police knew of no suspects or motive in the killings, which occurred in the 4000 block of Powder Mill Road in Calverton about 3:30 a.m., said Cpl. Joe Merkel, a police spokesman.

When investigators arrived at the mall - which includes a Giant food store, a gas station and a bar - they found a champagne-colored Lexus and a green Porsche with bodies inside.

In the Lexus, police found the body of Aaron Martez Howard, 27, of the 5100 block of Deale Drive in Oxon Hill.

In the Porsche was the body of Jason Martin Higgins, also 27, of the 600 block of Ingraham St. NW in Washington.

Authorities took the bodies to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore for autopsies.

Police also found a wounded man in the Porsche who had been shot in the upper body.

Officials would not release the man's name but said he was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition.

The deaths were the first two homicides of the year in Prince George's County.

Last year, the county recorded 70.

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